Sodium dichloroacetate is a sodium salt of dichloroacetate acid that is usually referred to as DCA. It has the same active anion group as DCA but is neutral pH. In other words, it is a very simple molecule with many applications. It is commonly used by universities and laboratories for research purposes as well as a reagent for making numerous compounds.
DCA sold over the internet
DCA is sold over the internet as a treatment for cancer and studies have shown it is effective on almost any type of cancer including:
- Breast cancer
- Bile Duct Cancer
- Late stage melanoma
- Mantle cell lymphoma
There are also studies being done in private labs on uses with other types of diseases.
DCA causes cellular suicide
One team working with this compound reported that DCA turns on the mitochondria of cancer cells, which causes them to commit cellular suicide – known as apoptosis. Mitochondria is the portion of a cell that is used in metabolism. A non-cancerous cell will start apoptosis after it finds damage in itself that it is not able to repair. But with cancer cells they fight the suicide route. That is why most radiation and chemotherapy treatments don’t work well and usually results in appalling side effects – but the heathy cells actually die easier. With DCA the cancer cells die.
In early 2008 one research group noticed that caffeinated tea and coffee, with Vitamin B1 seemed to strongly link to DCA and being effective. Two reports on the complete disappearance of cancer were reported and in both patients they drank a lot of caffeinated black tea and took large vitamin B1 doses.
Caffeine and theophylline
Caffeine and theophylline increases metabolism and are also known to help induce apoptosis. This caffeine link might explain why one patient with a certain type of cancer responds well while another patient with the same cancer did not respond – one drank caffeine and the other did not.
Related to dose
Caffeine’s effect with DCA appears to be related to dose with the best response found at the 1-12 cups of tea level. It looks as if the dose of caffeine is more important than the dose of DCA. It seems to be better to have a high dose of caffeine and a low dose of DCA than the other way around.